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 Just a quick common sense refresher...here is info that's simple and easy to digest.


Eat what grows out of the ground

Eat whole foods that haven't been altered by processing, genetic engineering, toxic chemicals, or deep frying

EVERYDAY eat something green and leafy (think spinach, cooked kale, greens), brightly colored (think berries, grapes, carrots, apples), high in high quality protein (think organic eggs, whey protein), full of healthy fats (think wild-caught salmon, nuts, seeds), and full of phytonutrients (think herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables).         

 

Until next time...

 

 

Past news you can still use!

5/30/12  

MORE radioactivity found in our food...

Radioactivity found in fish in Vermont found far from nuclear power plant so of course the plant cannot be to blame !??   FULL STORY

AND

Radioactivity from Japan's Fukushima nuclear meltdown found in tuna off the coast of California:

 May 29, 2012

Radioactive traces from Japan found in tuna off California 

By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY
Updated 1d 3h ago

 


By Chris Park, AP

 

Scientists for the first time have found traces of radioactivity in fish off the California coast that migrated from waters off Japan, site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor disaster last year, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The researchers say the evidence is "unequivocal" that the tuna, which were caught last year, were contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2011.   FULL STORY

 

4/29/12

Hi all, 
 
I am passing on this information because it is one of the best gathering of experts and the most important summit about our food that I have seen to date.
SO many people ask me what I feel is a priority as far as health and nutrition today... 
THIS is a priority!
 

Get more info and register today: http://foodrevolution.org/cmd.php?af=1453757

 I have highlighted, and pasted some of the most important points below... 

 

Jeffrey Smith and other experts will offer answers to these questions:
  • Is there a link between the spread of GMOs and the recent dramatic increase in food allergies?
  • Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions in people; to sickness, sterility and fatalities in livestock; and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.  Should you be alarmed?
  • More than 70% of the foods you eat in restaurants and buy at supermarkets contain genetically engineered ingredients.  How can you protect yourself and your family?  
  • Why is Monsanto spending millions trying to stop GMOs from being labelled, even though 90% of the American public supports labeling?  Why is the California ballot initiative one of the most important fronts in the GMO struggle?  And how canyou get involved?
 

From April 28-May 6, there will be three interviews broadcast daily. You’ll get cutting edge disease-beating, health-activating, age-reversing information. 

These tools can help you and your family to thrive and to make a difference in the world. 

Bestselling author John Robbins is personally interviewing over 21 people who are leaders in movements for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food. 


I’m inviting you to join me in the first-ever FREE Food Revolution Summit

Get more info and register today:  http://foodrevolution.org/cmd.php?af=1453757

 

 

 

11/11/11

Erin Brockovich is investigating The Acreage Cancer Cluster in West Palm Beach, FL.... Radiation is strongly considered as a cause.

We looked at buying a house there, and the realtor handed us a "disclaimer" that there was a cancer cluster being investigated in the area.  We'll just stay in Naples for now!

Check out the video of Erin in West Palm Beach:

http://www.brockovich.com/environmental.html

 

 

 

3/20/11

Since I have been involved with the Radiation and Public Health Project and worked personally with Dr. Ernest Sternglass, Dr. Jerry Brown and tireless Mr. Joe Mangano, I have come to understand the true dangers of ingested, low level radiation.  It is not the same as sitting in the sun, or receiving an xray.  Ingestion of radioactive elements is INTERNAL RADIATION CONTAMINATION. So far, I have not heard any of the "experts" discuss this fact.  Either they do not know or understand it, or they are diverting attention away from it.  Go to my "Radiation Poisoning" tab and read more, educate yourself... CLICK HERE .

 

 

 

1/1/2011 Happy New Year and a Happy New You!  Create a new you this year by controlling what influences your genetic expression!  As we have known for some time now, nutrients modify gene expression.  Beyond that we have learned that what we think, eat, react to and are exposed to can alter how genes are expressed as well.   Here is an excellent article by Mark Hyman, MD in the Huffington Post (1/1/2011).  

 

11/19/10  GREAT article from smartmoney.com about "10 Things Snack Food Companies Won't Say." This article addresses unsanitary conditions; unintentional additives including rodents and intentional additives including insects (!); the lack of an expiration date on junk food and additives allowed in this country that are banned in others.  

CHECK IT OUT HERE !

 

 

10/7/10  "The" Pink Ribbon and awareness about breast cancer seems to be ubiquitous these days.  Awareness is so very important but I feel there is a missing link... there is a lack of FOCUS on the CAUSES of breast cancer.  U.S. News and World Report pointed out this missing link in an article today, bringing awareness to the fact that the CAUSES must be addressed, not just the incidence.  

Breast Cancer awareness campaigns should at least focus on "known carcinogens" or as the US government states in the 11th Report of Carcinogens "Known to be Human Carcinogens" and "Reasonably Anticipated to be Human Carcinogens."  Give us guidelines on how to reduce our exposure to these carcinogens.  They could so easily use some of the $green going to Pink for public education campaigns.

The list of carcinogens is out there but definitely not spoken of enough!  I revisited a very interesting interview with a former manager of government affairs for a pesticide company and I urge you to read PBS Frontline's interview with Dawn Forsythe.  Quite eye opening and this is from 1996 when she left the company!    Of course Radiation.org is an excellent source of information regarding ionizing radiation as a cause of cancer in children and adults.  So, bottom line is, I need to know that research is being done and efforts being made to remove the known carcinogens from our food, air and water before I can commit more green to pink!

 

9/18/2010  A few quick links here about pesticide exposure and ADHD in children  http://news.discovery.com/human/adhd-pesticides-children-behavior.html 

 

And here is a link about how chemicals in non stick cookware and waterproof fabrics can raise cholesterol levels in kids... 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/200186.php

The thing to wake up to here is that INCREASED CHOLESTEROL and TRIGLYCERIDES also can be a SIGN OF TOXIC EXPOSURE and should be followed up as such.  Simply interfering dangerously with the body's production of cholesterol may not be the appropriate approach in the case of toxic exposure!

 

 

7/28/2010  Hi!  I've been away for awhile but am still tracking the various assaults on our health and wellbeing .... from the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill on April 20, 2010 to the continuing adulteration of our food supply.  Ironically I attended a protest against offshore oil drilling on the beaches of Naples, Florida in March 2010.  One month later... the worst environmental disaster ever admitted to!  

HOWEVER, to lighten up a bit, I came across this article about a very successful study helping people lose weight and keep it off.  It was funded by the NIH... CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY.  UNFORTUNATELY they took the free website down when the study was over.  I wrote to the authors of the study asking why the NIH wouldn't make the website available to the general public, especially considering we funded it!  Oh well, I guess they are not really serious about the program  "Healthy People 2000" that had to be renamed "Healthy People 2010" and will soon be renamed "Healthy People Never!"

 

ONE MORE THING!

Another study documents loss of plankton in the ocean.. very sad to observe over time... I hope the 1973 movie Soylent Green wasn't on to something! CLICK HERE for article on news.discovery.com July 28th, 2010.

 

5/8/10 

WOW here is a twist!  The "American Cancer Society" is criticizing a government panel's recommendation to limit exposure to known or suspected carcinogens, including plastics components, pesticides, vehicle exhaust and many of the 80,000 industrial chemicals that we are exposed to DAILY. CLICK HERE for the full report.

Why would the American Cancer Society be obstructive in urging people to reduce their risk of cancer?  

Why doesn't the ACS recommend avoiding pesticides when they recommend "5" servings (the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM) of fruits and vegetables per day?  And why don't they stress the importance of WHOLE fruits and vegetables that are allowed to ripen on the vine, to maximize antioxidant and phytonutrient content?  

Why do the criticize "tobacco" but forget to mention that it is the 500+ chemicals added to cigarettes that are really the threat to health versus the simple tobacco plant?

I have no idea why they are falling short......  But I would love to find out!

 

CLICK HERE for  Denise Grady's complete story in the New York Times.
May 6, 2010
 

U.S. Panel Criticized as Overstating Cancer Risks

A dire government report on cancer risks from chemicals and other hazards in the environment has drawn criticism from the American Cancer Society, which says government experts are overstating their case.

The government’s 240-page report, published online Thursday by the President’s Cancer Panel, says the proportion of cancer cases caused by environmental exposures has been “grossly underestimated.” It warns of “grievous harm” from chemicals and other hazards, and cites “a growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer.”

Children are especially vulnerable, the panel says. It urges the government to strengthen research and regulation, and advises individuals on ways to limit exposure to potential threats like pesticides, industrial chemicals, medical X-rays, vehicle exhaust, plastic food containers and too much sun.

A cover letter urges President Obama “most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.”

Nearly 80,000 chemicals are in use in the United States, and yet only a few hundred have been tested for safety, the report notes. It criticizes the nation’s regulatory approach, calling it reactionary rather than precautionary, which means that the government waits for proof of harm before taking action, instead of taking preventive steps when there is uncertainty about a chemical. Regulation is ineffective, the panel says, in part because of inadequate staffing and financing, overly complex rules, weak laws, uneven enforcement and undue industry influence...

 

 

 

 

3/1/2010

We've talked about  "endocrine disruptors" before.  These are mostly man made chemicals released into our environment that have devastating effects on our bodies, even at low doses.  They often mimic hormones and disrupt development and function of the nervous system/brain, immune and reproductive systems.  Phthalates are linked to ADD and ADHD, BPA is linked to reproductive development disruption, etc. etc. Marla Cone writes about phthalates and ADD/ADHD in Environmental Health News 1/29/2010. Theo Colburn has developed a database tracking how these chemical affect the developing fetus.  CHECK OUT criticalwindows.com.

 

1/26/10  

Medical Radiation dosing and flaws found to be lethal...   I always was nervous working in the radiation oncology clinic!  

Here is why....NEW YORK TIMES Article 1/23/10

 

 

12/29/09

See Dr. Mercola's comments on a clear, easy to remember list of "foods to avoid" that won't completely freak you out!

CLICK HERE for full article.

 

Avoid These 7 Foods and You're Off To A Healthier New Year Posted by: Dr. Mercola
December 29 2009 | 122,337 views


 

1. Canned Tomatoes

The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Acidity -- a prominent characteristic of tomatoes -- causes BPA to leach into your food.

2. Corn-Fed Beef

The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of books on sustainable farming

Cattle were designed to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. A recent comprehensive study found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

3. Microwave Popcorn

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize -- and migrate into your popcorn.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes they're treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they're dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.

5. Farmed Salmon

The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany

Nature didn't intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.

6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.

7. Conventional Apples

The expert: Mark Kastel, codirector of the Cornucopia Institute

If fall fruits held a "most doused in pesticides contest," apples would win. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides with Parkinson's disease.
Sources:   Yahoo Shine November 24, 2009
 


 

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bottle..."  it doesn't have to meet standards that are any higher than

tap water!.  Be sure to look for REVERSE OSMOSIS filtered water

because that will take out the radioactive Strontium 90 and also

traces of pharmaceuticals.  Click HERE for EWG's latest research.

 

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8/22/08

Naturally occuring antioxidants from FRUITS and VEGETABLES may

 help protect against lung cancer in smokers... so UNTIL you quit, be

sure to eat plenty of these foods...

 

Antioxidants May Protect Smokers from Lung Cancer

 

Quit smoking now—the best bet for better health

Smoking increases the risk for several cancers and heart disease, in addition to causing emphysema and other chronic airway diseases. People who quit smoking lower their chances of developing these diseases and can actually repair some of the damage that smoking has caused.

If quitting smoking proves an insurmountable task, though, there are some things that smokers can do that may help protect them from the effects of cigarette smoke.

Flavonoids—nature’s cancer fighters

Flavonoids are plant-derived compounds that are capable of scavenging free radicals in the body. Studies have shown that flavonoids have anticancer properties, but most of these trials have used amounts of flavonoids much higher than those typically found in the diet. The new study, published in the journal Cancer, aimed to determine if flavonoids could protect against lung cancer in smokers and nonsmokers, by comparing the amount and types of flavonoids eaten by 558 people with lung cancer and 837 healthy people.

Smokers who ate more of certain flavonoids called catechin, epicatechin, quercetin, and kaempferol, as well as more vegetables, tea, and wine were less likely to develop lung cancer than smokers who ate less of these flavonoids and foods. Surprisingly, the protective effect of these foods and flavonoids was not seen among nonsmokers. “These results may reflect the finding that these flavonoid compounds are strong antioxidants against free radicals generated by tobacco smoking,” said the authors.

Dr. Lise Alschuler, author of Alternative Medicine Magazine’s Definitive Guide to Cancer, 2nd Edition: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing, commented, “These findings underscore the significant anticancer properties of flavonoids. Even a relatively small amount of dietary flavonoids exerted significant effects. This effect was most obvious in smokers likely due to the fact that smokers are typically severely depleted in antioxidants and have high exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.”

Where to find lung-healthy flavonoids

• Epicatechin and catechin are plentiful in green and black teas, with lesser amounts in chocolate, grapes, and apricots. To boost the flavonoid power of tea, add lemon juice before drinking.

• The main sources of quercetin and kaempferol are apples and red onions.

(Cancer 2008;112:2241–8)

Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She cofounded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI. Dr. Beauchamp practices as a birth doula and lectures on topics including whole-foods nutrition, detoxification, and women’s health.

CLICK HERE to link to Kimberly's article and reference on

EmersonEcologics.com.               

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7/17/08

I just had to "weigh in" on the discussion of the latest study looking at "low carb",

"low fat" and  Mediterranean diets' impact on weight loss, blood cholesterol and

blood glucose control.  The study did not measure %body fat changes, homocysteine

levels or LDL particle size or oxidative status!  All this time and money and it really

is not conclusive or useful.  One of the most frustrating things was that it was reported

in so many different ways with various conclusions.

 

The "bottom" line for me was that they did not even measure percent body fat lost

versus lean body mass lost!  So some of the 12 pounds lost for people on the "low

carb" diet could have been a significant amount of muscle.  Muscle, or lean body

mass, is always a risk if you restrict carbohydrates to the point that you have to

devour protein to make enough carbohydrate for the brain!).

 

I absolutely support the Mediterranean diet as the healthiest of three diets studied.

It is based on whole plant based foods, heatlhy fats and restricted meat intake.  It

provides the most antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber which have been shown

to be the real champions in fighting heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

 

One source (Calorielab.com) reported that the study was funded by the research

center started by Dr. Robert Atkins.  That certainly would be a conflict if true.

 

The study was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine

(volume 359: 229-241, July 17, 2008 Number 3).     

 

CLICK HERE for full article.

 

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GLOBAL WARMING has begun affect us in many ways including more severe

weather, droughts and crop loss, but this latest finding was a bit of a surprise!

CLICK HERE  for the whole story on www.time.com ...

Warmer Temps, More Kidney Stones

 

In early July, when a former government employee accused Dick Cheney's office of deleting from congressional testimony key statements about the impact of climate change on public health, White House staff countered that the science just wasn't strong enough to include. Not two weeks later, however, things already look different. University of Texas researchers have laid out some of the most compelling science to date linking climate change with adverse public-health effects: scientists predict a steady rise in the U.S. incidence of kidney stones — a medical condition largely brought on by dehydration — as the planet continues to warm.

Kidney stones are already more common in the warmer Southern states than in the North. Urologists even talk about a "kidney stone belt," a high-risk zone through the South where populations are more likely to develop stones — crystallized chemicals (usually calcium, phosphates and oxalates from an ordinary diet) that form in the urinary tract, and often cause sharp, intense pain when they pass. The Texas researchers used regional data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to predict how this belt might grow, publishing their report this month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. By 2050, the research suggests, 56% of Americans will live in regions encompassed by the kidney stone belt, compared with 40% in 2000. And by 2095, the belt should expand to 70% of the population.

 

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Although healthcare practitioners have known for years, the FDA has

finally admitted to the dangers of mercury containing "amalgam"

fillings....  CLICK HERE or read below

 

Reuters

Mercury teeth fillings

may harm some: U.S. FDA

By Susan Heavey Wed Jun 4, 7:48 PM ET

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury

that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses, the

Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday after settling a related lawsuit.

As part of the settlement with several consumer advocacy groups, the FDA agreed

to alert consumers about the potential risks on its website and to issue a more

specific rule next year for fillings that contain mercury, FDA spokeswoman Peper Long

said. Millions of Americans have the fillings, or amalgams, to patch cavities in their teeth.

"Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous

systems of developing children and fetuses," the FDA said in a notice on its Web site.

"Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more

sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury

bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their

health practitioner," the agency said.

The FDA said it did not recommend that people who currently have mercury fillings

get them removed.

The FDA must issue the new rules in July 2009, Long said.

Such a rule could impact makers of metal fillings, which include Dentsply International

Inc and Danaher Corp unit Kerr.

The new rule will give the agency "special controls (that) can provide reasonable assurance

of the safety and effectiveness of the product," Long said.

The lawsuit settlement was reached on Monday with several advocacy groups, including

Moms Against Mercury, which had sought to have mercury fillings removed from the U.S. market.

While the FDA previously said various studies showed no harm from mercury fillings, some

consumer groups contend the fillings can trigger a range of health problems such as

multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. In 2006, an FDA advisory panel of outside experts s

aid most people would not be harmed by them, but said the agency needed more information.

Mercury has been linked to brain and kidney damage at certain levels. Amalgams contain half

mercury and half a combination of other metals.

Charles Brown, a lawyer for one of the groups called Consumers for Dental Choice, said the

agency's move represented an about-face. "Gone, gone, gone are all of FDA's claims that no

science exists that amalgam is unsafe," he said in a statement.

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. analyst Ipsita Smolinski said the FDA is not likely to outright ban the

fillings next year but will probably call for restrictions.

"We do believe that the agency will ask for the label to indicate that mercury is an ingredient in

the filling, and that special populations should be exempt from such fillings, such as: nursing

women, pregnant women, young children, and immunocompromised individuals," Smolinski

wrote in a research note on Wednesday.

Fewer patients have been opting for mercury fillings in recent years, instead choosing lighter

options such as tooth-colored resin composites.

Only 30 percent of fillings given to patients were mercury-filled ones as of 2003, according to

the American Dental Association (ADA). Other options include glass cement and porcelain as

well as other metals such as gold, but they cost more and are less durable, the group has said.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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Pharmaceutical drugs found in

drinking water... yuk! 

Drug Traces Common in Tap Water